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Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 3:53 pm
 


By Jeff Goodman


Mick Cronin's actions needed to be as forceful as his words.

They weren't.

Star big man Yancy Gates, after delivering a right-hand that knocked Xavier's fellow heavyweight to the floor, received a six-game suspension. Cincinnati also suspended Octavius Ellis and Cheikh Mbodj, who stomped on Frease while he was down on the court, for six games -- and Ge'Lawn Guyn for one game.

Gates should have received -- at minimum -- a 10-game penalty, maybe even being tossed from the team for good. Cronin talked a big game after Saturday's brawl, one that was embarrassing for all parties.

"We accept full responsibility and it will be handled," Cronin said. "There is zero excuse for that in basketball. ... The fact is the guys ... represent an institution of higher learning. Xavier has been a great school for years. We're trying to cure cancer at Cincinnati. I go to school at a place where they ... created Benadryl; I think that's more important than who wins a basketball game. And our guys need to have an appreciation that they're there on a full scholarship and they better represent the institution with class and integrity. ... I just told my guys I will meet with my AD and my president and I'm going to decide who is on the team going forward. That's what the University of Cincinnati is about. Period. I've never been this embarrassed."

Cronin talked about how these kids need to appreciate the value of education, how they need to act accordingly -- or they won't ever be allowed to put on a Bearcats uniform.

He had an opportunity to follow through with his strong message in the post-game news conference -- one that was applauded by nearly everyone. (Doyel: Cronin talked the talk)

Then he opted not to follow through on his strong statements, and hit Gates, who did his best Mike Tyson impression when he sent Frease to the canvas, with just six games.

I understand that it was a mistake, one Gates would love to take back. But it's not as though Gates has been the model citizen, either. He's been suspended by Cronin previously -- and the penalty should have been more severe for this transgression.

But winning is more important to Cronin. At least that's what his actions said.

He needs Gates, especially when Big East play rolls around.

Gates will miss games against Wright State, Radford, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Chicago State, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh.

That's a grand total of one conference game.

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Comments

Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:18 am
 

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

What is a hilljack? We Kentuckians have been called a lot of things. But I'm not sure I've heard "hilljack" before. Kinda' funny. I can't speak for the rest of the state. But come on down to Louisville, I think you'd be surprised.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Coming from the hilljack from Kentucky, lol...



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

No chance.  This guy is a thug and should be in jail.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

What has this got to do with anything?  The point is???



Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Any kid who threw a punch should be history.
If this is true, four out of five starters for Xavier will be history.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Cincinnati has been, are and always will be little punk-ass bitches.  They started it under Huggins, and continue it now.  And 99.9% of it is because of the class of s&^thole they recruit.  No way most, if not all, of these kids can possibly be academically eligible, given their actions, which give evidence to their intelligence level, among other things.  Felons like this is why I no longer attend ballgames at Cincinnati...because you NEVER know when you start to walk back to your vehicle if you will make it, and if you do, will your car still be there?  That whole city needs an enema.



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Any kid who threw a punch should be history. At some point this classless behaviour has got to stop. This is college not the NBDL. These kids are an embarrassment to their schools.

The penalty in Ohio for simple assault (defined as intentionally causing or trying to cause physical harm to another person) is up to 6 months in jail and up to a $1000 fine. This is only the criminal penalty, other penalties might be imposed by a civil court. 6 Games in lieu of 6 months is a bargain these kids should be made to understand that.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Thank you, I could not agree more with you. Some guy called in on a radio show in Cincinnati saying Frease was "standing ten foot tall on the UC bench, foaming at the mouth, and yelling at his 16 year old daughter, and that he was afraid for his life. I was actually at the game and Frease was yelling into the Xavier student section trying to celebrate the win, as well as show his toughness.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Wrong, check the angle shot from the other side, Holloway actually raised his right hand first, and Guyn then reached out to push him back before Wells crashed into Guyn. You can find it on youtube. The TV angle from ESPN did not show the right hand of Holloway, but he clearly went off first.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

The only place you will find a person of color at Xavier is on the BB team. It is just about the whitest, most republican campus in America. Check the video shot from the stands, something the student body should really be proud of.


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